Athy side Woodstock Celts dropped two valuable points in their PMB Construction Masters Division 1 title challenge when they could only manage a draw with midtable Allenwood Celtic last Saturday at Killina Road.
PMB Construction Masters Division 1
Allenwood Celtic: 1
Woodstock Celts: 1
Defences were on top in the early stages however Allenwood took the initiative after 15 minutes and a cross from Patsy Sheridan just eluded John Casey in the area.
Five minutes later Allenwood ‘keeper Neil Whelan was called into action when a long throw from Woodstock’s Pat Lammon was headed goal bound by Tommy Connell but Whelan just managed to get a hand to it to tip over.
On 30 minutes Allenwood could have taken the lead when great hold up play from forward John Casey almost put Francis Coyne through. With one minute left to the break Woodstock could have snatched the lead when Ted Lawlors snap shot from outside the area was cleared off the line by Darren Johnson and both teams went in 0-0 at the interval.
Allenwood spurred on by their excellent perforance in the first half came out all guns blazing and it took them only one minute to create the first chance of the second half when John Casey played Barry Jacob through. Jacob found himself one on one with visiting ‘keeper Josh Leigh, however Leigh got down well to parry the effort and the follow up was cleared off the Woodstock line by Mick Roycroft.
The home side well on top at this stage created another chance seven minutes later when Peter Nolan put John Casey through and he laid the ball off to Thomas Mooney who blazed his effort over the bar from 15 yards and he fired over again soon after from a Barry Jacob cross.
Woodstock took the lead with fifteen minutes remaining, against the run of play, when Brian Kenny converted from the spot after been taken down by David Coyne.
However Allenwood were not to be outdone by this setback and continued to create chance after chance through Johnny Goulding and Darren O Shea.
They finally got a deserved equaliser with four minutes on the clock when a cross by Barry Jacob was handled in the box by Woodstock defender Pat Lammon and Peter Nolan stepped up to cooly slot past Josh Leigh in the visitors.
Best for the home side in this very entertaining Masters tie were Darren Johnson in defence, John Casey up front and man of the match Barry Jacob in midfield, while for the visitors Ken leonard and Mick Roycroft were best.
Neil Whelan, Darren Johnson, David Coyne, Noel Morgan, PJ Cummins, Darren O Shea, Patsy Sheridan, Peter Nolan, Barry Jacob, Thomas Mooney, John Casey, Francis Coyne, Ciaran Swords, John Goulding, Gavin Carpenter, Stephen Lyons.
Josh Leigh, Pat Lammon, Dermot Delaney, Mick Roycroft, Christy Dunne, Paul Kenny, Brian Kenny, Noel Hickey, Ken Leonard, Tommy Connell, Ted Lawlor, John Quinn, Timmy Brennan, Neil Shaughnessy, Mark Bolger, Mark Day.